Location: 401 N. Harwood St., Dallas. The park—which opened in October—is in the heart of downtown, right across the street from Medusa Dallas. For parking, there are meters down Pacific Avenue; you can also find public lots, such as Lot 175 Platinum Parking, in the surrounding area. Pro tip: Some parking lots’ minimum fee is around $10.
Best for: Taking the kids for a stroll or running around. A paved path along the perimeter has plenty of tables, chairs and benches, while the interior is a large, open green space where littles can play or you can have a picnic. The park also has plenty of bushes, trees and other plants. Stone chairs and tables right off the path add to the natural feel. Check out the sculptural light fixtures that look like trees.
For your convenience: Besides the bright orange chairs and tables (low tops and high tops) and the stone chairs and tables, there are stone platforms around the playground that are wide enough for you and the mom backpack (you know, the one with bandages, snacks, etc.). The playground, simply named “Play,” includes a swing set (no baby swings, though), two seesaws and green mounds. Play equipment is designed for ages 2–12, but parents can enjoy it too. There is a full bathroom (men’s and women’s sections) within the park; it even has a sink with soap and water. Also, Pacific Plaza is part of the Harwood pedestrian corridor. If you’re in the mood, you can walk from Klyde Warren Park to Pacific Plaza and Main Street Garden, all the way to Dallas Farmers Market.
Safety: The surface of the playground is a squishy turf substance, but it can get heated under the sun. The park is next to North Harwood Street and Pacific Avenue, so be aware of traffic. It is, after all, downtown Dallas.
Overall grade: 5/5
+ Plants all around the park
+ A full restroom
+ Plenty of seating
– The area can be busy
– Parking isn’t necessarily free
– Turf surface on playground can heat up
Images courtesy of Elizabeth Quinn.